MANDATORY MEMBERS MEETING
Date: September 7, 2023
Time: 5:00 pm PDT/6:00 pm MDT/7:00 pm CDT/8:00 pm EDT
GOVERNMENT 101 MEETING
Date: Saturday September 9, 2023
Time: 10:00 am PDT/ 11:00 am MDT/12:00 pm CDT/1:00 pm EDT
ECCO AGENDA REVIEW RECAP
Topic: ECCO Agenda Review Recap
Time: Sep 12, 2023 5:00 pm PDT/8:00 PM EDT
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September 14-16, 2023
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Trip Overview Call
Tuesday at 8 ET / 5 PT
Topic: ECCO Agenda Review Recap
Time: Sep 12, 2023 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Thursday September 14, 2023
Member Meet & Greet
Cookies and Coffee on the Roof
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Bank of Labor Rooftop 815 Connecticut Ave NW l004, Washington, DC 20006
Come by, meet your fellow ECCO members and group leaders, take a selfie and say hello.
Founding ECCO members will be onsite and happy to share their experiences and give new commers tips on what to expect.
*This event is weather dependent.
Friday September 15, 2023
Time: 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: You may eat breakfast wherever you'd like. However, for convenience we strongly suggest that you eat at the Dirksen Cafeteria. Dirksen Cafeteria – Dirksen Senate Office Building, Basement. There will be an ECCO escort located in the front of the Dirksen visitor entrance who can help you navigate the building.
BRIEFING WITH KEY SENATE STAFF
From 7:30 am - 8:45 am there will be an ECCO escort located in the front of the Dirksen visitor entrance who can help you navigate the building. Location: Dirksen visitor entrance 50 Constitution Ave, NE
Meeting Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Dirksen (Building) Room 106
Note: The Hart visitor entrance at the corner of 2nd and Constitution Ave NE (circled in green on the map) and the Dirksen visitor entrance (circled in orange on the map); both are good options for entry and exit into the complex. Circled in pink is the approximate location of Dirksen 106. See attached map
Presenters: Senior staffers including legal counsels, directors and legislative assistants (who support legislative drafting) from Senate offices will brief ECCO on issues and bills facing the Senate in preparation for ECCO's meeting with the Senators in 2024.
FREE TIME, LUNCH AND SOUVENIR SHOPPING
Time: 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Shopping: If you want to take home some gifts try the SDB-01 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510 Gift Shops (Upper Level): A unique selection of merchandise inspired by the Capitol’s art and architectural treasures, fun and educational gifts, books, jewelry, and exciting custom-designed products make excellent souvenirs.
Lunch: You may eat lunch wherever you'd like. However, for convenience we strongly suggest eating near the marshaling area.
In the Senate Building
Russell Carry-Out – located in the Russell Building Basement, NW corner 202-224-8083
Dirksen North Servery – located in the Dirksen Building Basement, NW corner 202-224-2263
Dirksen South Buffet – located in the Dirksen Basement, South Side 202-224-4249
Dirksen South Convenience – located in the Dirksen Basement South 202-228-2810
The Hart Senate Chef –located in the Dirksen/Hart Ground Floor Connecting Corridor 202-224-4587 f
By the White House
The Old Ebbitt Grill 675 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 202.347.4800
The Hamilton 600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Explore: There is plenty to see and explore while at the Capital. See visitthecapitol.gov for more information.
MARSHAL FOR WHITE HOUSE
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Note: The group will leave the building exactly at 1:00 pm
Location: ALF-CIO (Solidarity Room) 815 Black Lives Matter Plaza NW Washington D.C. 20006
All members are to meet at the above location. The group will then walk together to the White House.
WHITE HOUSE SECURITY
Time: 1:15 pm
Location: White House
WHITE HOUSE MEETING
NOTE: Bags. Backpacks, Shoulder Totes
For the Friday briefing, there is no size restriction for bags. backpacks, shoulder totes, etc.
For the tour, no bags whatsoever are allowed, unless there is a medical purpose. So put your phones and wallets in your pockets and leave everything else at your hotel.
White House speakers and briefing topics are as follows:
Presenter: Carli Kientzle
Welcome and table setter for the day
Presenter: Ben LaBolt / White House Communication Director
Ben LaBolt will go over the state of play and agenda for the coming months. Topline table setter on the coming sessions and the core message/accomplishments from the first three years of the Biden administration.
LaBolt was the national press secretary for President Obama’s re-election campaign, press secretary for Sherrod Brown’s '06 campaign for Senate, communications director for Rahm Emanuel’s '10 campaign for Mayor, and White House spokesman for the efforts to confirm Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. He's helped lead winning presidential campaigns and Supreme Court confirmations, and served in both chambers in Congress
Presenter: Emmy Ruiz / Director of the Office of Political Strategy & Outreach
Emmy Ruiz ( in her personal capacity) to discuss the campaign and focus for the campaign in the coming year.
Emmy Ruiz for more than a decade, Emmy has focused on empowering women & girls, Latinos, and young voters by leading winning campaigns. She has successfully built winning campaigns from the ground up focused on voter registration and mobilization with a special emphasis on mobilizing communities of color. In 2012, she served as the Nevada General Election Director for Obama for America. During the 2016 cycle, she served as State Director for Hillary for America for multiple states. During the 2018 midterms, Emmy focused on issue advocacy, mentoring candidates, and independent expenditure activities.
Presenter Erika Dinkel Smith / Director of Labor Engagement
Erika Dinkel-Smith will focus on the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes and the WH’s work to uplift and support them.
Erika recently worked on White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment Report, which includes 70 recommendations to promote worker organizing and collective bargaining for federal employees, and for workers employed by public and private-sector employers. Given that top Labor adviser Celeste Drake recently left her role in Biden's administration and there's been a lot of labor activity in the past year, Erika will have a lot to discuss.
Presenter Rachel Thomas Senior Communications Advisor and Ryan Berni, Senior Advisor for Infrastructure Implementation
Ryan Berni and Rachel Thomas will review Biden administration’s major accomplishments. Focus on the real impact of the Invest in America agenda and the infrastructure legislation
Rachel serves as Senior Communications Advisor at the White House, where she leads government-wide efforts to tell the story of the impact of President Biden‘s legislative accomplishments on communities across the country, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPS and Science Act, the American Rescue Plan, and more. Previously, she served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education, where managed a team of over 100 and led efforts to support President Biden and Secretary Cardona's mission of rebuilding our nation's education system. Rachel previously served as a senior communications leader at EMILY's List, a national political organization dedicated to electing women to public office.
Presenters: Christen Linke Young / Deputy Assistant to the President for Health and Katie Keith / Senior Advisor for Health Policy
Young, and Keith will discuss domestic and gender policy accomplishments with a focus on gun reform, police reform, affirmative action and abortion.
Christen Linke Young is the Deputy Assistant to the President for Health and Veterans Affairs. Before joining the White House staff, she served as a health policy advisor for the Biden-Harris Transition and a fellow at the Brookings Institution, where her research focused on access to health insurance. Previously, she was the Deputy Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Katie Keith is the Senior Advisor for Health Policy to the Gender Policy Council. The Gender Policy Council (GPC) was established by President Biden to advance gender equity and equality. The GPC covers a range of issues—including economic security, health, gender-based violence and education—with a focus on gender equity and equality, and particular attention to the barriers faced by women and girls. It plays an essential role in the President’s efforts to advance equity in government policy for those who face discrimination and bias based on multiple factors—including members of the Black, Latina, Native American, AAPI, and LGBTQI+ communities, as well as persons with disabilities.
Presenter: Sharon-Frances Moore, Neil Gladstone and Tracey Baker-Simmons
Internal ECCO Brainstorming Session
* Presentors are subject to change
ECCO DRINKS ON THE WATERFRONT
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Whiskey Charlie, 975 7th Street SW, Washington, DC, 202-488-2500 (inside Canopy by Hilton Hotel)
For those who would like to have a drink and reflect on the presentations, we're having a casual meetup at Whiskey Charlie located on the rooftop at The Canopy Hotel. Cash bar. This event is optional.
DINNER ON THE WATERFRONT
If you are down at the Wharf and would like to have dinner, numerous options are available. Several notable dining sports are listed below. Reservations are recommended. Friday night is free time.
Del Mar on The Waterfront / Spanish Seafood
791 Wharf Street SW
Hank's Oyster Bar / Seafood
701 Wharf Street SW
Lupo Marino / Italian & Pizza
40 Pearl St SW, Washington
Kirwan's on the Wharf / Irish Pub
749 Wharf Street SW
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips / Fish & Chips
665 Wharf Street, S.W.
Phillipe Chow / Chinese
635 Wharf St SW
ROSH HASHANA SERVICES
Gather DC has a guide to many of the Rosh Hashana services happening in the Capitol district on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The cultural/spiritual group Sixth & I hosts services in a historic synagogue built in 1908.
For more information and tickets you can look at the High Holidays of their site.
Saturday September 16, 2023
ECCO BRUNCH PRESENTED BY ANDSCAPE
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: The Park at 14th / 920 14th St NW, Washington, DC, (202) 550-0300
To give our members time to congregate and talk in advance of the White House tour, we'll be getting together for brunch on Saturday morning. Thanks to Andscape, the meal will be complimentary for attending members. During the brunch, we’ll be screening an episode of the new Hulu series “The Conversations Project,” a series that demonstrates how to transfer entertainment gravitas into cultural power. We'll be sending an invitation email so you can RSVP in advance. Attendance is optional.
WHITE HOUSE EAST WING TOUR
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: White House
Please arrive to the White House via Sherman Park on 15th Street and Alexander Hamilton Place at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 16th. We will check in at Sherman Park and proceed as a group to a second checkpoint for additional security screening.